Nielsen Top Ten, September 25th – October 8th, 1955

Here are the top ten programs for the two-week period running Sunday, September 25th through Saturday, October 8th, 1955. The first table lists the top ten by households and the second by rating.

The 1955 World Series, which ran for seven games between Wednesday, September 28th and Monday, October 3rd, was the first to be broadcast nationally in color. With the exception of the Sunday, October 2nd game, which began at 1:45PM, all of the games started at 12:45PM.

I’m not sure why there is an entry for the weekday World Series games as a whole rather than individually like the Saturday and Sunday games. Considering that all of the games were played during the afternoon and not in prime time I don’t know why they’re on the list at all unless in 1955 Nielsen did not limit its ratings to primetime programming.

Number of TV Homes Reached
## Program Network Homes
1. $64,000 Question CBS 18,694,000
2. World Series-1955-Sun. NBC 18,631,000
3. World Series–1955-Sat. NBC 16,107,000
4. Ed Sullivan Show CBS 15,571,000
5. I Love Lucy CBS 14,260,000
6. Chevy Show NBC 13,543,000
7. Milton Berle Show NBC 13,017,000
8. World Series-1955-Weekday NBC 12,919,000
9. George Gobel Show NBC 12,832,000
10. Disneyland ABC 12,585,000

Percent of TV Homes Reached
## Program Network Rating (%)
1. $64,000 Question CBS 58.2
2. World Series-1955-Sun NBC 56.1
3. Ed Sullivan Show CBS 48.6
4. World Series-1955-Sat NBC 48.5
5. I Love Lucy CBS 46.3
6. Chevy Show NBC 44.8
7. Milton Berle Show NBC 40.5
8. Disneyland ABC 40.4
9. George Gobel Show NBC 39.8
10. Climax CBS 39.5

Copyright 1955 by A. C. Nielsen Co.

Note: Prior to July 1960, Nielsen ratings were not based on the total number of television households in the United States. From 1950 to 1953, ratings were a percentage of households in cities/markets in which the program was broadcast. From 1953 to 1960, ratings were a percentage of households capable of viewing a program.

Source:
“Latest Ratings: Nielsen.” Broadcasting*Telecasting. 7 Nov. 1955: Page 42.

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